Michael Jackson is among the iconic performers of the 20th century. The world of music is not complete without the mention of his name.
Branded as the “King of Pop,” Jackson’s musical talent first sprung when he was a member of their family band, The Jackson 5.
They were managed by their father, Joe Jackson. Along with his brothers, they rose to fame with songs like “ABC,” “I Want You Back,” and “I’ll Be There.”
Jackson then moved on with his musical career going solo. The 1958-born artist became well-received for his songs like “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Bad,” and “Thriller.”
Aside from his talent in singing, his signature dance moves also became famous, especially the so-called “moonwalk” which has stuck on his fans’ memories.
In the 1990s, Jackson’s emotional music like “Will You Be There”, “Heal the World,” and “Earth Song” were about the singer’s sentiments regarding the world filled with social and environmental dilemmas.
Like most public figures, the Indiana native’s life may be successful career-wise yet personally, it was agonizing.
Jackson reportedly had a troubled childhood, forced by his father-manager to completely focus on his singing career at an early age rather than enjoy his youth.
This had a psychological impact on the “Rock with You” singer who later developed immature tendencies to compensate for the childhood stage that he missed early on in his life.
The Neverland Ranch appeared to be a manifestation of this problem which Jackson had.
The property which also served as Jackson’s residence from 1988 and 2003 had amusement rides like trains and roller coasters, appearing like the fantasy island of Peter Pan, the fictional character who never grew up.
Jackson was also accused of sexual abuse which is the subject of “Leaving Neverland,” a documentary about two men in their 30s who claimed to be his victims in the past.
“Leaving Neverland” is directed and produced by British director, Dan Reed, who is also famous for gripping documentaries like “Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks,” “The Paedophile Hunter,” and “Terror at the Mall.”
The movie will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival which will take place from January 24 to February 4.
Whether people watch and believe the message of “Leaving Neverland” or otherwise, Jackson’s musical legacy shall live on considering the immense popularity of his songs worldwide and has transcended generations.